June 11, 2003 Subject:
This silent featurette shows the training of the puppies of Chinooks, Admiral Richard Byrd's lead sled dog. As you would expect, the puppies are incredibly cute and will probably steal your heart. I was happy to hear they were trained without whips or chokes. The rest of the film is fairly dull, especially the race footage at the end. Dog fans will probably like this, though.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Somewhat interesting detailing of how sled dogs are trained. Of particular interest is that the trainer are using another breed of dogs rather then Malamutes to train. While these dogs certainly get the gist of sled racing, it doesnt seem like their HEARTS are into it. At least, that's just my opinion.
Note the film is silent. The only sound you hear is static. Unless that was the noise in my head.. (oh dear)